Centre for Sustainable and Responsible Organisations (CSaRO)

CSaRO researchers focus on corporate social responsibility, as well as ethical, responsible and sustainable governance. We work on various research grants, partnering with academic institutions and leaders within the industry. Our work is both local and international – where we strive to provide cutting-edge solutions for more sustainable outcomes.

What we do

We bring together researchers from a range of disciplines to better understand and promote long-term sustainable and responsible organisational behaviour. We do this by engaging with various stakeholders including the research community, business leaders, policy advisors and the public at large.

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Seminars and Events 2017

CSaRO will be hosting a colloquium on “Opportunities and Challenges in Integrating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across research and curriculum” on Monday 4 December at the Deakin Downtown centre in Melbourne. Presenters will be considered for a special issue of the Social Business ABDC B-ranked journal.

Colloquium attendance is free and open to all, and provides an opportunity for participating academics, early career researchers (ECRs) and doctoral students to discuss and share their research ideas, approaches and experiences of integrating SDGs across research, curriculum and within the broad field of business. The deadline to submit an abstract for consideration is 30 August 2017.

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Our research groups

PRME Initiative

This group's aim is to globally inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership, including:

  • creating educational frameworks, materials, processes and environments to support effective learning experiences for responsible leadership
  • engaging in conceptual and empirical research to help us understand the role, dynamics, and impact of corporations in the creation of sustainable social, environmental and economic value.

Current projects

Our current projects are centred on the core research themes of:

  • the service economy
  • arts governance
  • the complexities of managing domestic and multinational corporate brands
  • the potentials of social entrepreneurship in developing countries.

Keneley, M (2015) The service economy, The Cambridge economic history of Australia, pp. 373–394, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, VIC.

Authored research book
Rentschler,R (2015) Arts governance: people, passion, performance, Routledge, Abingdon, England.

RME and CG

Researchers in this group study the governance and economics of sustainable practices and responsible behaviours.

Current projects

Our current projects are centred on the core research themes of:

  • corporate governance and organisational performance
  • managing the risks of carbon and climate change
  • sustainable investment and environmental policies
  • financial econometrics.

Employee Health and Wellbeing

Covering three broad themes, this group focuses on:

  • assessing the levels of health and wellbeing across working populations
  • identifying the sources and consequences of health-related outcomes such as job stress and employee engagement
  • developing and evaluating strategies that can promote employee wellbeing and enhance organisational effectiveness.

Current projects

  • Exploring the work and health-related experiences of immigrant managers from the Asia–Pacific region
  • Identifying the impact of HR policies and practices on employee wellbeing, capability, and commitment
  • Measuring the effectiveness of comprehensive job stress prevention programs

Impacts of Marketing

This research group examines the broader effects of marketing on society, specifically the impact on:

  • individuals
  • cultures
  • the environment.

Current projects

  • Consumer decision-making in essential services
  • The adoption of green car technology
  • Motives to participate in the arts
  • Ethical consumerism
  • Food marketing to children
  • Volunteerism and its effects on subjective quality of life

Our team


Alfred Deakin Professor
Professor Michael Polonsky

Dr Fara Azmat

Deakin Learning Futures

Senior Lecturer 
Dr Harsh Suri

Department of Economics

Senior Lecturer 
Dr Cahit Guven

Department of Finance

Senior Lecturer 
Dr Ameeta Jain

Department of Management

Associate Dean (Research) 
Professor Ingrid Nielsen
Course Director, Bachelor Of Management 
Professor Stuart Orr
Professor Alexander Newman
Associate Professor 
Associate Professor Ambika Zutshi
Senior Lecturer 
Dr Fara Azmat
Dr Andrea North-Samardzic
Dr Achinto Roy
Dr Heather Round

Department of Marketing

Professor Of Marketing 
Professor Rohit Varman
Associate Professor 
Associate Professor Andrea Vocino
Lecturer in Marketing 
Dr Ahmed Ferdous

Associate members

Jonathan Robertson

Contact us

Centre for Sustainable and Responsible Organisations
Email the Centre for Sustainable and Responsible Organisations

Faculty of Business and Law
Deakin University
Melbourne Burwood Campus 
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood Victoria 3125